Make-up and beauty endeavors from the queer circles influence the straight aesthetics. Because can you imagine someone more camp and eccentric looking, than the embodiment of the perfect heterosexual femaleness, Kim Kardashian? It must be then something about the surplus, the excess, too-muchness in the masking practice, for what people consciously choose this excess and playing with it. We are coming back to the question of theatre. In many theatrical traditions, women were not allowed to perform (in Japanese kabuki and Elizabethan theatre alike), what not only caused men to take the female roles, but also laid grounds for a specific drag culture, putting an institutional seal over a situation where it is a man, who is the expert on how to perform the most seductive, attractive kind of femininity.

Text by Agata Pyzik

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